cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

definition of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Type of therapy that helps people learn how their thinking patterns may cause their feelings and behaviors, and affect how they react to situations.

Access to Autism Therapies is Topic of Discussion with Parents in Canada

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Caregivers of kids with autism attended a daylong conference to address lack of therapy options in the Kitchener Ontario area.

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Caregivers of kids with autism attended a daylong conference to address lack of therapy options in the Kitchener Ontario area. Irene Drmic, with the Offord Centre for Child Studies discussed the combination of autism and anxiety in some children with autism, and that cognitive behavior therapy is one option. “I think that probably the biggest frustration for caregivers in our area is that we are relatively deficient in therapies for autistic children,” said Dr. Bruno DiGravio, a local pediatrician. Therapies that are not offered by schools or organizations such as KidsAbility who sponsored the conference are often expensive and difficult to locate.

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Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Computer Game Engages Children with Autism

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Paul O’Donoghue has written an article highlighting study on use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for kids with autism.

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Paul O’Donoghue, an Irish clinical psychologist, has written an article highlighting a study on use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for kids with autism and other developmental delays. O’Donoghue first explains the difference between evidence-based therapy and alternative therapies. He then goes on to discuss a study using a computer game to teach evidence-based CBT to children who “otherwise find the usual therapeutic process boring or difficult.” Dr Gary O’Reilly of the School of Psychology at UCD led a team to develop a game that would provide feedback to behaviors in an attempt to increase positive behaviors and decrease negative ones. The game allows the children to visit a place called Gnattenborough’s Island where they are introduced to the main character, David Gnattenborough, who acts as a guide. The kids learn to recognize and deal with different emotions, for example, NATS (Negative Automatic Thoughts). The training is generic, but children keep a personalized diary on their progress. A CBT-trained therapist leads the game.

Cooperatives Provide Assistance to Rural Families with Autism

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We have written about the difficulties that some rural families with autism have in finding nearby therapies and special education resources.

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We have written about the difficulties that some rural families with autism have in finding nearby therapies and special education resources. In an Oklahoma community, two cooperatives have formed to provide services to a number of schools for less than the cost the schools could provide services themselves. Services provided by the Cherokee County Cooperative and the Cherokee County Interlocal Cooperative include: special education teacher salaries, speech and language therapy, visual therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and a host of other opportunities for kids with special needs.

CAT-kit Provides Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Children with Autism

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may be used with children on the Autism Spectrum to help them understand their autism.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may be used with children on the Autism Spectrum to help them understand their autism. CBT promotes the idea that the more a person understands themselves – their emotions and thoughts – the better they can control situations which might be overwhelming. Dr. Tony Atwood, along with several colleagues, took CBT workbooks he has used with parents and children on the spectrum and turned them into a “toolkit.” The Cognitive Affective Training kit (CAT-kit) provides “an easy, hands-on program designed to promote awareness of how thoughts, feelings and actions intersect.” The author explains how she used these techniques with her son, allowing him to rate situations stressful to him on a visual thermometer. He was then able to do some self-calming exercises, and at the same time, his mom knew what he was feeling.

Samuel Field Y to Offer Social Skills Groups for Children with Autism

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The Samuel Field Y in New York is offering evening social skills classes for kids with autism ages 5 to 15.

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The Samuel Field Y in New York is offering evening social skills classes for kids with autism ages 5 to 15. The classes will focus on skills that include cognitive behavior therapy, non-verbal communication, problem solving, and social skills. Trained staff leads the children’s groups and in addition, there is a parent discussion group facilitated by the staff. The Y also offers an after-school program called Project Child. The focus is on kids from the ages of 5 to 15 with conditions including ADHD, Asperger’s, and learning disabilities.

Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Parent-Reported Autism Symptoms in School-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful for reducing autism symptoms, such as poor social responsiveness and low social motivation, in school-age children.

JJ W, A D, K S, M VD, K D, C F, C B, P R.  2009.  Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Parent-Reported Autism Symptoms in School-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . 39(11):1608-1612.
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